LUNENBURG – John Joseph West Sr., 84, peacefully passed away on Thursday March 3, 2022, surrounded by his loving children.
John was born in Providence, Rhode Island on October 13, 1937, son of the late William West and Mary (O’Brien) Antoni. His beloved wife of 34 years Beverly A. (Pesola) West predeceased him in 2019.
John will be greatly missed by his son, John Joseph West Jr. and his wife Danielle of Cambridge, MA; two daughters, Alison McKenna and her husband Ed of South Lyon, MI and Tammy Fornari and her husband Geoff of South Lyon, MI; seven grandchildren, Melanie, Jillian, Jack, Danny, Georgia, Mia and Lily; his sister in law Sandra (Pesola) Martin and husband Neil; brother in law Don Pesola and wife Bernadette; brother, Robert “Stewkey” Antoni; family friend Maureen Davis and many nieces and nephews. Besides his wife Beverly, and parents, John was predeceased by his twin infant sons Kevin and Kennedy, stepdad, Henry Antoni Sr., sister Joy Brown, and two brothers, Henry “Salty” Antoni, and Bill West.
John was a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Army, having served two tours in Vietnam with distinction, earning the Bronze Star for heroic service in a combat zone, as well as numerous other medals. He was extremely proud of his 20 years of service for his country. He then spent 15 years as an executive in the insurance industry. The final 16 years of his professional career was spent starting, growing, and selling two companies with his son: Enstrat and Silver Oak Solutions.
John loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Feeding the birds and deer in his yard, enjoying ice cream at Kimballs, playing Tripoly and billiards were among the many wonderful memories he made with them. John also enjoyed riding his tractor and taking care of his home in Lunenburg, where he lived for over 35 years. He and Beverly enjoyed traveling to Ireland and Italy, and the occasional trip to play the slots in Vegas or Foxwoods.
John moved to Abbey Park Independent Living in New Hudson, MI in 2021 to be closer to his daughters and made many wonderful friends. His family is grateful for the companionship he enjoyed there.
He was a warm friend to all who knew him, and his Irish charm and bright blue eyes were known to work a room with ease. He will be dearly missed.
You are invited to attend visiting hours on Friday, March 18, 2022, from 10:30am-12pm in the Lunenburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Home, 763 Massachusetts Ave, Lunenburg. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in John’s name to Sterling Animal Shelter (where he adopted his buddy Andy)
or Sierra Delta (a non-profit that arranges service dogs for wounded Veterans): https://sierradelta.com/about-us/.
We would love to hear your memories of John.
John F. Masciarelli, James M. Hebert and Terresa Shea, Funeral Directors.